Eco chic

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Eco chic

It’s a common misconception that, aesthetically speaking, caring for the environment means not caring for yourself. I’m here to quash those rumours once and for all with a little help from hairdresser David Babaii, who shows us green really is the new black with his au natural tips and tricks this Earth Day.

Babaii knows glamour – he styled Angie for the Oscars – and lucky for us, he also knows green. According to him, the house is an excellent source of eco-friendly styling products and tools. His double-duty recommendations:

A new, un-used toothbrush “can be used to back brush hair close to the scalp for volume.” It’s also good to target flyaways.

Retro glamour alert: “soda pop can do the trick of setting hair and achieving large, lopped curls.” For that ‘50s frill “use ribbons and scarves (even ones that wrapped a gift) to add some jazz to your ‘do.” Both offer environmentally-friendly choices for a DIY ‘do.

Don’t discard tumble dryer sheets: “there’s usually some fragrance left over in them to freshen up combs and brushes with a quick wipe.” It’ll help in the battle against static also.

How to: keep your hair fresh without a shampoo

To avoid excess oil or product build-up (plus save on water use), Babaii recommends “sprinkling a bit of baby powder throughout the hair. It acts as a dry shampoo which helps eliminate oil and leaves a fresh scent throughout the day.” Bh recommends Johnson’s® baby Powder with Pure Cornstarch. “Alternatively, you can use a damp cotton pad and dab around the hairline to eliminate any excess oil.” If you go for the second option, remember you can spritz the pad with “a light, oil-free fragrance or a few drops of fresh lemon to give hair that clean smell.”

How to: wake up with a style

Babaii recommends washing hair the night before to save time and electricity. For a killer hairdo, “when hair is slightly damp, place in a messy ponytail, twisting sections tight or loose to achieve various textures. Then, once secured, spray with a David Babaii for WildAid Bohemian Beach Spray.” The next morning, undo the ponytail where an effortless, eco-chic look will be awaiting you.

Ps. 10 per cent of the profits of David Babaii for WildAid products go to WildAid. What are your thrifty tips for looking good? 

Image: stylehive.com

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